Blog entries posted during 2008

Property Data Injection in EPiServer

by: Dan Matthews

I am currently working on a project where it was necessary to conditionally inject some content into certain properties on some pages. Dynamic Content didn't really help me because what I wanted to do was replace entire properties with content fro... [ Read full article ]

09 December 2008  0 Comments


File Extensions and URL Rewriting in EPiServer

by: Dan Matthews

I needed to throw together a quick geolocalisation demo for EPiServer v5 R2 the other day and to do that it was necessary to override some of the default URL rewriting behaviour of EPiServer. I knew it could be done, but I'd never actually had to... [ Read full article ]

05 December 2008  0 Comments


EPiCode Awards

by: Dan Matthews

EPiServer Norway are associated with an EPiServer community project called EPiCode which had its annual awards on the 12th of November as part of the Christmas Tech Forum. I was really pleased to see the Module of the Year award went to my pals ov... [ Read full article ]

17 November 2008  0 Comments


EPiServer vs. Open Source

by: Dan Matthews

Introduction Interakting use both Open Source and proprietary products to deliver solutions for many companies. We always try to select the best tool for the job, and when it comes to Content Management it is no different. We have a range of tools... [ Read full article ]

11 November 2008  0 Comments


NickServ and HydraIRC

by: Dan Matthews

I've been hanging out on the #epicode IRC channel for the past few months, and over time I've played with several IRC clients such as XChat , Mibbit (for the Web) and HydraIRC . One of the things that you do most often on IRC is /msg people. The... [ Read full article ]

23 June 2008  0 Comments


New module on EPiCode

by: Dan Matthews

At the EPiServer Partner Summit I was chatting over dinner to Andy Brodie of Networked Planet . He was remarking that it would be nice within EPiServer to have the capability to show site thumbnails when you hovered over hyperlinks. This intrigued... [ Read full article ]

10 June 2008  0 Comments


Google Translate and .NET

by: Dan Matthews

Google have released a lovely little API for their Google Translate service. It uses a RESTful interface and returns a JSON object in the HTTP Response. The usual way to use this would be AJAX-style in client side JavaScript. This might not always... [ Read full article ]

20 May 2008  0 Comments


Interakting - Sneak Peek

by: Dan Matthews

The company I work for, Business & Decision , is launching a new brand for their global digital agency function; " Interakting ". Apparently " Business & Decision " works better as a brand in their other areas (Business Intelligence, Customer... [ Read full article ]

14 April 2008  0 Comments


Interakting - Sneak Peek

by: Dan Matthews

The company I work for, Business & Decision , is launching a new brand for their global digital agency function; " Interakting ". Apparently " Business & Decision " works better as a brand in their other areas (Business Intelligence, Customer... [ Read full article ]

14 April 2008  0 Comments


Partner Summit '08

by: Dan Matthews

My flight is booked and I'm looking forward to the summit! The agenda looks packed and I'm especially interested to see what is put on the developer second day 'stream'. At the moment it's just TBA... although there's plenty of other tasty tidbits... [ Read full article ]

04 April 2008  0 Comments


Partner Summit '08

by: Dan Matthews

My flight is booked and I'm looking forward to the summit! The agenda looks packed and I'm especially interested to see what is put on the developer second day 'stream'. At the moment it's just TBA... although there's plenty of other tasty tidbits... [ Read full article ]

04 April 2008  0 Comments


VPP Initializer not firing properly

by: Dan Matthews

Whilst building the CloudCuckoo module, I used a neat trick to register my custom VPP on-the-fly by using an attribute flag to mark it as an EPiServer plugin. This would cause EPiServer to find it and intialise it when I first hit the EPiServer... [ Read full article ]

02 April 2008  0 Comments


VPP Initializer not firing properly

by: Dan Matthews

Whilst building the CloudCuckoo module, I used a neat trick to register my custom VPP on-the-fly by using an attribute flag to mark it as an EPiServer plugin. This would cause EPiServer to find it and intialise it when I first hit the EPiServer... [ Read full article ]

02 April 2008  0 Comments


CloudCuckoo for v5 SP1

by: Dan Matthews

I've recompiled the CloudCuckoo binary against EPiServer v5 SP1 to save you having to recompile the project yourself. (it was originally built against vanilla v5) Enjoy! Get CloudCuckoo here [ Read full article ]

02 April 2008  0 Comments


CloudCuckoo for v5 SP1

by: Dan Matthews

I've recompiled the CloudCuckoo binary against EPiServer v5 SP1 to save you having to recompile the project yourself. (it was originally built against vanilla v5) Enjoy! Get CloudCuckoo here [ Read full article ]

02 April 2008  0 Comments


EPiCloud > CloudCuckoo > Released!

by: Dan Matthews

The EPiCloud module that I've been working on for a while is finally ready for release! Due to the EPiServer preferred module naming policy (no EPi.... please!) we had a few thoughts around the office here and one of my colleagues, Alan Bartlett,... [ Read full article ]

25 March 2008  0 Comments


EPiCloud > CloudCuckoo > Released!

by: Dan Matthews

The EPiCloud module that I've been working on for a while is finally ready for release! Due to the EPiServer preferred module naming policy (no EPi.... please!) we had a few thoughts around the office here and one of my colleagues, Alan Bartlett,... [ Read full article ]

25 March 2008  0 Comments


EPiServer when disconnected from domain controller

by: Dan Matthews

I've just spent the last few days in a Commerce Server 2007 training course, which was surprisingly interesting. One of the things that leapt out at me was that there are a couple of partners who have worked with Commerce Server 2002 and EPiServer... [ Read full article ]

20 March 2008  0 Comments


EPiServer when disconnected from domain controller

by: Dan Matthews

I've just spent the last few days in a Commerce Server 2007 training course, which was surprisingly interesting. One of the things that leapt out at me was that there are a couple of partners who have worked with Commerce Server 2002 and EPiServer... [ Read full article ]

20 March 2008  0 Comments


EPiCloud floats into view

by: Dan Matthews

I've updated the B&D EPiLabs site with an updated version of the EPiCloud module. I've added the following features: The top tags are now placed in a META tag and also as a tooltip on the tag entry (this is for SEO) When a new tag is added the top... [ Read full article ]

12 March 2008  0 Comments


EPiCloud floats into view

by: Dan Matthews

I've updated the B&D EPiLabs site with an updated version of the EPiCloud module. I've added the following features: The top tags are now placed in a META tag and also as a tooltip on the tag entry (this is for SEO) When a new tag is added the top... [ Read full article ]

12 March 2008  0 Comments


Updating properties in code without a republish

by: Dan Matthews

While working on my EPiCloud module I came across a snag where I wanted to update page properties (definitions) from code without republishing the page. The page property I'm updating is going to change frequently and I didn't fancy having pages o... [ Read full article ]

10 March 2008  0 Comments


Updating properties in code without a republish

by: Dan Matthews

While working on my EPiCloud module I came across a snag where I wanted to update page properties (definitions) from code without republishing the page. The page property I'm updating is going to change frequently and I didn't fancy having pages o... [ Read full article ]

10 March 2008  0 Comments


Business and Decision EPiLabs

by: Dan Matthews

We've been doing some R&D on funky plugins for EPiServer and decided that we'd show you guys what we're up to. Have a look at our new EPiServer labs site: B&D EPiServer Labs Our tag cloud module 'EPiCloud' is the first module I've put on there. It... [ Read full article ]

07 March 2008  0 Comments


Business and Decision EPiLabs

by: Dan Matthews

We've been doing some R&D on funky plugins for EPiServer and decided that we'd show you guys what we're up to. Have a look at our new EPiServer labs site: B&D EPiServer Labs Our tag cloud module 'EPiCloud' is the first module I've put on there. (A... [ Read full article ]

07 March 2008  0 Comments


FindPagesWithCriteria without Criteria

by: Dan Matthews

An EPiServer frustration for me is not being able to grab a 'deep' tree as a PageDataCollection. Sometimes I want to be able to iterate through a collection of all descendants of a page. Ideally I'd want to do a GetChildren with a 'deep' boolean... [ Read full article ]

04 March 2008  0 Comments


FindPagesWithCriteria without Criteria

by: Dan Matthews

An EPiServer frustration for me is not being able to grab a 'deep' tree as a PageDataCollection. Sometimes I want to be able to iterate through a collection of all descendants of a page. Ideally I'd want to do a GetChildren with a 'deep' boolean... [ Read full article ]

04 March 2008  0 Comments


EPiServer plugin in a single assembly

by: Dan Matthews

I was writing an EPiServer plugin recently and it was bothering me slightly that EPiServer only supports .ASCX or .ASPX pages for plugins. What I wanted to do was just drop a single DLL file into the BIN folder of my website. EPiServer 5 does have... [ Read full article ]

28 February 2008  0 Comments


EPiServer Manager gotchas

by: Dan Matthews

Just a couple of quick gotchas when using EPiServer manager: EPiServer Manager 1.2x to 1.3.3.0 upgrade: When you try to install the new version you get an option to repair or remove. You actually need to remove and then run the install again. Repa... [ Read full article ]

22 February 2008  0 Comments

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About me

I am currently working as a Technical Architect for EPiServer South Africa.

I work with partners finding innovative ways to give their customers the Content Managed solution that fits their business processes. Over 15 years of programming experience has shown me that you don't solve problems by simply throwing the best new technology at it!

Outside of work, I am mostly trying to make time be a Dad to my son and a husband to a very busy mum. Apart from that, I love playing soccer and watching sport - especially anything involving England and South Africa.

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